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Friday, June 18, 2010

Ermita Hill

The Ermita Hill is geographically located at the center of the town of Casiguran.It provides an enchanting view of the entire Poblacion, the dark blue coast of Casiguran Bay and the barrios nearby. Aside from its magnificent landscape, Ermita Hill is known as a sacred dwelling for religious activities by devotees of the Miraculous Mother Mary, of whom a life-size statue is situated in a grotto on top of the hill. The native folks believe that through the intercession of the Our Lady of Ermita, the town is oftentimes saved from devastating typhoons and storm signals. Locals said that even the news reported an incoming storm, it does not directly hit the town. Moreover, under the Spanish rule, a Watchtower was built just a few steps at the back of the chapel to guard the town against possible attackers.

Going to Casiguran

If one needs to go to the other towns of the province of Aurora, one can always get off at the Central Terminal in Baler, Aurora and take a jeepney or tricycle to the central aurora towns of San Luis, Dipaculao, Maria Aurora or a non-airconditioned bus to the northern towns of Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag (DICADI).

Going up the winding mountain trail to Casiguran is a unique and diverse experience, the weary traveller is treated to an ever-changing scenery — verdant forests, stretches of green paddy fields, wide coconut plantations, white beaches, and the grand blue ocean of the Pacific!

Through the joint efforts of Senator Edgardo Angara and Governor Bella Angara-Castillo, the road to the northern part of Aurora has been largely paved with cement including the construction of modern and concrete bridges. This cuts travel time by almost two hours.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

White Sand - Casapsapan Beach, Up Close

This pristine and resort-free beach is amazingly a long stretch of fine white sand. Places like this in Casiguran are remote and desolate, providing visitors with an entirely different kind of relaxation. It is probably one of the least explored beaches in Casiguran as one can stroll cozily and undisturbed in the quiet of its unspoiled and natural beauty.

Casapsapan Beach offers a practical escape or breaker from a never-ending rat race brought about by modern technology and lifestyle.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO)

Above is the on-site office of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone located at Sitio Motyong, Bgy Esteves, Casiguran, Aurora. The ecozone was purposely situated in the bay area of Casiguran, a naturally protected enclave cradled by the Sierra Madre mountain range and the 12,000-hectare San Ildefonso Peninsula.

It is the country’s first economic zone to be established in the Pacific coast and intends to be a major transshipment hub going to the Pacific region. APECO is dubbed as the "Philippine's gateway to the Pacific" being the only transshipment port facing the East.

Visit the APECO website here.